Surgery is one of the main treatments for primary bone cancer. It is a very specialised treatment. You have your operation at a specialist centre.
This section is about cancer that starts in your bone (primary bone cancer). If your cancer has spread into bone from another part of the body, it is called secondary bone cancer.
The type of surgery you might have depends on the size of your cancer and whether it has grown into nearby tissues, or has spread elsewhere in the body.
Limb sparing surgery for primary bone cancer means removing the cancer without removing the affected arm or leg.
Amputation for primary bone cancer means removing a part of the body completely.
Surgery might be possible sometimes to remove primary bone cancer that has spread to the lungs (secondary cancer).
Before your surgery, you’ll have tests, meet the people that will care for you and learn exercises that you have to do.
You’ll probably go into hospital the day before or the morning of your operation. There are things you can do to prepare yourself and to make it less stressful.
Knowing what happens on the day of surgery, including having an anaesthetic, can help you feel more prepared.
Knowing what to expect after surgery for primary bone cancer can be reassuring.